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Department of Informatics DDIS

Bachelor/Master Theses and Master Project Topics

This pages lists the open BSc. and MSc. thesis descriptions, as well as the master projects opportunities currently available in the DDIS research group.

If you are interested in any of the listed projects, please do not hesitate to contact the person mentioned in the open topic description.

If there are currently no open topics but you are generally interested in our research (see, or if you would like to propose a thesis about your own idea, you can send us an email to

Master thesis: Iterative Support Vector Machines

In political science, dimensionality reduction algorithms are often used to visualize the ideological orientation of voters or candidates in a one or two-dimensional space - referred to as ideal point estimation. Common choices are item-response theory or principal component analysis, for example in these applications: Smartmap or Voteview.

The goal of this master thesis is to develop a new ideal point estimation algorithm using a machine learning approach. The focus will be on support vector machines (SVM) since iteratively training SVMs has been shown to work well in initial experiments. Specifically, the low-dimensional coordinates should be optimized until the model best reconstructs the given data. Throughout the thesis, the implemented code should be parallelized and optimized, and results should be compared to the existing baselines using the political dataset of the Swiss Voting Advice Application Smartvote

If interested, please get in touch with us at the email address below. We can provide a more detailed description during a meeting. 

Requirements: Solid understanding of dimensionality reduction, support vector machines, and efficient programming in Python.

Start date: Open now.

Contact: Fynn Bachmann